Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Wicked Thing author Angeline Kace on Dirty Dancing and her other 80s movie crushes
Let’s give a warm GT welcome to author Angeline Kace!
If you’ve read Wicked Thing, you know that Dirty Dancing (the movie) is something important between Carmyn and Dallas. And if not, you’ll just have to read it. I thought it would be fun to give you all a top 10 list of my favorite 80s movies. This was actually a quite difficult thing to do! I started just listing all the movies from that decade that I loved, and I easily came up with 20 movies. The hard part was dwindling the list down to only 10. I think I got them, though.
- Dirty Dancing: Patrick Swayze, the bad boy who really is a hot, sweet guy, the dancing, the lift, Patrick Swayze. So many reasons to love this movie. And for it to be my number
- Pretty Woman: This came out in 1990, but I’m including it anyway. Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, the back-then modern day Cinderella story, the part where she goes back to the store with all her bags and tells the shop lady, “Big mistake. Big. Huge.” LOVE this movie. All of it just makes it a story you can’t help but fall in love with!
- Ghost: This was technically out in 1990, but again, Patrick Swayze. I think this ones also deserves an exception to be on the list. I watched this movie over and over when I was younger. It was just so sad and sweet.
- Teen Witch: This was a fun movie! Girl who wants to be popular and uses her witch powers to get back at the mean girls and get the guy.
- Splash: This was an older version of The Little Mermaid, and I loved that cartoon when I was little. So this movie was a lot of fun for me.
- Top Gun: I thought Tom Cruise was soooo hot in this movie! If I’m flipping through channels and this is on, I always watch it.
- Harry and the Hendersons: Oh, bigfoot! How I LOVED this movie when I was younger. I watched this movie over and over. And maybe it’s because of this movie that I like to watch that Finding Bigfoot show on Animal Planet.
- The Neverending Story: I watched this movie a ton when I was really young. I remember the white dragon, Falcor being my favorite about the movie.
- E.T.: An alien friend you can be compassionate for and try to help home. Such a different and sweet movie. And Drew Barrymore was so adorable in her role.
- BeetleJuice: “BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice!” This movie was just so out there when I was younger that I couldn’t help but get sucked in every time it came on TV.
Carmyn Rafferty witnessed the aftermath of her mother’s affair. She learned at a young age not to trust anyone. Especially not your spouse. So she’s planned. She’s planned every detail of her life: who her husband will be, what their careers will be, what their lives will be like. All to avoid the pain of infidelity.
Dallas Brown lives a life all his own. He doesn’t do relationships, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn’t live up to anyone’s expectations but his own.
When Carmyn’s fiancé cheats on her, it sends her into a whirlwind of one-night stands with the most infamous player on campus. She can’t seem to stay away from this tough guy and his dangerous motorcycle. Everything about him is the complete opposite of who she’d planned to fall in love with: tattoos, dark stubble along his jawline, and hair that brushes his shoulders.
As Dallas and Carmyn begin to fall deeper and deeper into each other, they learn that love can truly be a wicked, wicked thing.
Read an excerpt
My buddy Jake and I sneak in through the back door. Mom said to stay outside, but we’re thirsty from playing basketball in the sun. I reach for the cupboard with the glasses when I hear Mom yelling at Dad in the living room around the corner. I freeze, my arm stretched over my head and my weight on my toes. She’s already in a bad mood. She’ll whoop me if she sees me inside.
I ease down onto my heels and hang my head. I’m scared and embarrassed. Dad says what happens in the family is our business and no one ought to witness what goes on in our home. Although I don’t want to meet Jake’s eyes, I look over at him because he’s witnessing.
I point to the back door and mouth “Let’s go.”
He nods and turns around, and I follow behind him, both of us stepping softly.
Mom’s still yelling at Dad, but I don’t hear his replies. We can’t travel the ten feet of stone tile fast enough. We’re finally half way there when I hear Mom say, “You will not see him or her again. You can send a monthly check for the boy and That. Is. It.”
I halt and hold my breath. Even the pulse pounding in my ears seems too loud. It has my insides tying in a knot that they’ll hear it. At the same time it annoys me. I try to focus real hard on what they’re talking about, but the thump-thud-ump is distracting.
Who are they talking about?
“I can’t do that. He’s my son. I have to see him.” Dad’s mad enough now that I can hear what he’s saying.
“He is not your son. Dallas is your son. We are your family.” Mom’s furious.
Jake’s stopped and looking back at me. I wave for him to keep going. I gotta hear this. He continues forward and eases the screen door open as quietly as we did on our way in.
“Laura, he’s my blood—”
“I don’t care, Richard. I don’t want anything to do with that boy. I don’t want Dallas to have anything to do with that boy, either. You do this, or we are done. You’re lucky I’m even considering to stay with you.”
I’m paralyzed. Are they splitting up? Why? Who are they arguing about?
“I can’t do that. Asking me to give up Denton is the same as asking me to give up Dallas. I won’t do it.”
“Well,” Mom says and her voice is cold and bitter. “I’m done asking. You’ve made your bed with that whore now you can lie in it. I meant it. I won’t have anything to do with that bastard and neither will Dallas. You’ll see Dallas when a court orders me to allow it. Now get out,” she screams. My ears are ringing, but I can still make out her heavy breathing.
I’m terrified to be caught in her wrath, but I can’t move. I have to know if Dad is leaving or not. I don’t want him to leave. I don’t have to see whoever Mom doesn’t want me to see. I won’t have anything to do with Denton. I just don’t want Dad to leave and never come back.
Angeline is a Scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and dogs. She loves all things paranormal, believes ghosts are real, werewolves aren’t, and vampires? Definitely real! At least in the Vampire Born world they are. She is currently at work on her first New Adult Romance, Wicked Thing, which releases September 2013.
Angeline is giving away a WICKED THING charm bracelet with 6 charms tour-wide. They will also receive a Dirty Dancing blu-ray and some candy. This contest is international. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post with your favorite 80’s movie then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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